Washington Wizards vs. New York Knicks
The New York Knicks head to the nation’s capital to take on the Washington Wizards on Friday night. The Knicks are -3 point favorites over the Wizards with an over/under total set at 199.
Head to head, the Knicks are 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Wizards are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Knicks on the other hand are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, but just 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The Washington Wizards come into tonight’s showdown with an 18-38 overall record, but don’t let that fool you as they are an impressive 34-20-2 against the spread on the season. In comparison, the New York Knicks are currently sitting at 34-20 straight up, but they are just 25-27-2 against the spread. The Wizards have covered in 20 of their last 27 games while the Knicks haven’t covered the number in any of their last eight contests.
The season series is currently tied at one game apiece with each team winning on their home court. The Knicks cruised to an easy 108-87 victory back at the end of November thanks to 20 points apiece from Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. In their second meeting, which was back on the 6th of February, the Wizards outscored New York 36-23 in the final term to record a 106-96 come from behind win, led by 21 points and nine assists from John Wall.
Washington may be coming off a home loss to the Detroit Pistons in their last outing, but this is a team that constantly plays down to weaker competition, as evidenced by recent losses to Sacramento and Toronto. However, when they play some of the better competition in the league they generally come out on top with recent home wins over Houston, Denver, Brooklyn, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago, Atlanta, Oklahoma City and of course tonight’s opponent in New York. The Wizards have been a covering machine and I see no reason to jump off them tonight.
Washington Wizards +3 New York Knicks